Ballet and sense or even plot do not go together.
I run the light board for a performing arts studio's shows three times a year. Their Nutcracker, the Spring recital, and their Spring Ballet.
This year the ballet was "Don Quixote" which bears very little relation to the story of Don Quixote. No. I challenge you to find the plot.
All I got was there is this guy who occasionally has fits and visions and the young lovers (who have no much to do with out title character) are continually running away from her father who sold the girl off to a rich man.
I don't know where the gypsies come into it, or why Don Quixote and his sidekick are running around threatening things and people with a sword and a spoon.
Our sound guy and I kept looking at each other and asking "huh?" and our answer was inevitable "Because Ballet!"
Anyway. It did mean I got home late enough to have missed the Tony awards, but I did catch the opening number online today. Gotta say this is EXACTLY why I love the Tonys and am all "meh" about the Oscars. And since NPR's Linda Holmes put it SO MUCH BETTER than I ever could, I urge you to read the whole thing:http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/06/10/190308942/the-tony-awards-is-this-the-greatest-awards-show-opening-ever
but I quote part of it here because I want to say, yes, THIS! RIGHT HERE:
"The next time you're tempted to give an Oscar host a pass on the basis that it's an impossible, can't-win job, and that the lazy, easy, corny, toothless humor that passes for patter is a fundamental of the awards format, and that the jokes can't be better and the numbers can't be better and the hosting can't be better and the crowd can't get excited, keep in mind that that's exactly what people who want to keep making lazy awards shows want you to think.
Sure, theater people have an advantage with musical numbers, but if you run the Oscars and can't figure out how to do for and with love of film what the Tonys are doing for and with love of theater, you are terrible at your job and should hand it off to someone else."